Consistent with the policies of the secretary of cultural affairs and the board of regents, each director of a museum of New Mexico division:

A. may:

(1)     solicit and receive funds or property, including federal funds and public and private grants, for the development of the museum, its collections and its programs;

(2)     as authorized by the secretary, enter into contracts related to the programs and operations of the museum, including services related to the location, acquisition, preservation, restoration, salvage or development of culturally related sites, structures or objects in the state;

(3)     as authorized by the board of regents, lend collections or materials to qualified persons for purposes of exhibition and study and borrow collections or materials from other persons for like purposes;

(4)     conduct facilities rentals for forty-five days or less and such retail sales as appropriate for the operation of the museum; and

(5)     publish journals, books, reports and other materials as appropriate to the operation of the museum; and

B. shall:

(1)     administer and operate the museum in accordance with applicable statutes and rules;

(2)     develop exhibits and programs of an educational nature for the benefit of the public and in particular the students of the state;

(3)     recommend acquisitions to the board of regents, by donation or other means, of collections and related materials appropriate to the mission of the museum;

(4)     direct research, preservation and conservation as is appropriate to render the collections beneficial to the public;

(5)     cooperate with educational institutions and other agencies and political subdivisions of state, tribal and federal governments to establish, maintain and extend the programs of the museum;

(6)     employ and discharge personnel necessary for the operation of the museum in accordance with the provisions of the Personnel Act [Chapter 10, Article 9 NMSA 1978];

(7)     propose budgets for operations and capital improvements;

(8)     collect admission fees as determined by the board of regents; and

(9)     perform such other appropriate duties as may be delegated by the board of regents, the secretary of cultural affairs or the governor or as may be provided by law.